Course P302/01 Evaluating interventions in complex systems addressing health behaviour change on multiple levels


Course leader: Helle Terkildsen Maindal

Graduate school: Faculty of Health

Graduate program: PH

Course fee: 2,400.00 DKK

Max seats: 20

Applicants: 25

Status: Course is finished

Semester: Spring 2021

Application deadline: 17/02/2021

Start date: 17/03/2021

Administrator: Annette Poulsen

Course changed to online

Please notice due to the COVID-19 restriction the course has been changed to online participation.

Title: Evaluating interventions in complex systems addressing health behaviour change on multiple levels P302/01

is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, spring 2021.

Criteria for participation: University degree at Master level in Public Health science, Sport sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy or Master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows.

Aim: The aim of this course is to introduce a frameworks to guide decisions in how to evaluate public health interventions targeted health behavior. The course will include quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods evaluation designs and system approaches to evaluation. The MRC model for complex intervention in health will form the basis of the course. The course build to some extent on the former course in developing complex interventions addressing health behavior change on multiple levels. However, this course can also stand alone.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Insight into complex interventions based on the UK Medical Research Council Model
  • Overview of different complex intervention evaluation strategies
  • Insight in evaluating complex interventions using quantitative research designs
  • Insight in evaluating complex interventions using qualitative and mixed methods research designs
  • Insight in Systems Approaches to Public Health Evaluation

Course participants will gain an insight into models and frameworks used in relation to the evaluation of complex interventions. The participants will gain experience to recognize and adopt appropriate methods based on a wide range of evaluation designs. Central to the course will be mixed methods, i.e. how the integration of quantitative and qualitative research designs plays an important role in the evaluation of complex interventions. The introduction of systems approaches to evaluation will exemplify when traditional evaluations methods are problematic and in the course we will draw a parallel between socio-ecological models and whole system approaches to increase awareness of a holistic orientation regarding evaluation of public health interventions and programs.

Teaching method will be lectures and a high level of interaction with participants’ presenting their own practical examples of interventions. The course rely on peer-feedback as well as other feedback forms, to enhance learning. Preparatory work is expected through forwarding a project description of own or shared study, which will be develop on throughout the course. Concrete examples, methods and techniques will be taught in the course, aiming to provide a toolbox to the participant at the end of the course. Student driven workshops will also be part of the program, developing on provided examples. Parts of the course may be relying on digital technologies.

The students will be send a reference list in advance.

Instructors: Teaching will be delivered by experts in the field of public health interventions development and evaluation, including Professor H. Terkildsen Maindal (programme lead for health promotion and intervention research), researchers; K. Ryom (Sports Science), Anders Blædel Gottlieb Hansen (Social Science, Public Health), and international guest lectures.

Dates and times: 17-19 March 2021 at approx. 9.15-16.00

Place: Online teaching

 Participation in the course is without cost for:

  • PhD students, Research Year students and Research Honours Programme students from Aarhus University
  • PhD students enrolled at partner universities of the NorDoc collaboration
  • PhD students from other institutions in the open market agreement for PhD courses



Course dates:

  • 17 March 2021 09:15 - 16:00
  • 18 March 2021 09:15 - 16:00
  • 19 March 2021 09:15 - 15:00